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The purpose of this page is to provide the LIU Post students with vital information about the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library. We hope this will introduce you to our library's collections, services. and departments. We invite you to call us at 299-2305 or 2306 to set up a tour, a class or even a general overview of what our library has to offer.


The B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library has a comprehensive collection of over 500,000 paper volumes, 130,000 ebooks, access to more than 49,000 periodicals, and over 250 online databases, most of which include scholarly, peer-reviewed, and professional journals, as well as over 300 online encyclopedias. Additional information can be found on the library's website. At this part of the website you will also find information about:

How to Find Library Materials:

  • Books:
    LIUCat, the catalog of Long Island University libraries, is available on the web by following the link at liucat.lib.liu.edu. It is also linked from many places around the Library Website. Please feel free to ask in the Reference Department for help in using the Library catalog. You may also ask in Reference for a user guide to LIUCat or view the web version on our website. The online catalog itself also has help screens for doing a basic search or advanced search.

    Book Stacks:
    Circulating books are shelved on four open stack levels. The entrance to the stacks is off the lobby on the main floor of the Library (which also happens to be stack level 4). Our Library, as most academic libraries, uses the Library of Congress Classsification system (a combination of letters and numbers). Ask in Reference for the user guide to the LC system and appropriate stack levels entitled: Finding Books: Navigating the Book Stacks or view this user guide on our website. There are also printed charts and guides throughout the Library to help you determine which level your book is located on. Please bring a current picture ID to obtain access to the stacks.

    For example, a book with the call number PN1993.M45 is located on stack level 5. You will be on stack level 4 when you enter the book stacks. By taking a left and taking the first staircase up you'll get to level 5. For the two stack levels below, take the second door down. But there's usually a student at the entrance to give you assistance.

    Checking out a book
    To check a book out, you need your school ID. Bring this to the Circulation Desk to have this card activated as your library card.

  • Periodicals:
    The library subscribes to over 49,000 newspapers, magazines, and journals that are avaiable either online, on paper, or on microform. The collection is particularly strong in education, psychology, social/political science and literature.

    Hardcopy and microform periodical titles are shelved in closed stacks on the lower level of the Library. To obtain an article from one of these, please fill out this form or inquire at the Reference Desk. Hardcopy periodicals do not circulate. You must use them in the Library.

  • Media:
    All non-print media is located in the Instructional Media Center on the Lower Level of the Library.

Student Services

  • Library Hours:
    The Library is generally open Monday-Thursday from 8am to 11pm; Friday from 8am to 9pm; Saturday from 8am to 11pm; and Sunday from 12 noon to 11pm, but always check for extended and reduced hours. Visit the Library's website for any changes in Library hours.

  • Borrowing Procedures:
    Currently enrolled LIU students with updated, validated ID cards (and alumni with alumni cards) have full borrowing privileges. The main Circulation Desk for checking out books is located in the lobby near the exit door. The Instructional Media Center circulates its own materials. The normal borrowing period for books is 28 days and you may renew for one more borrowing period. IMC materials, other than films and videos, may be borrowed for 2 weeks. The Circulation section of our website has additional information on placing a hold, recalling a book, overdue costs, etc.

  • Reserve Collection:
    Materials on reserve consist primarily of books and photocopied articles that have been set aside at the request of faculty for the your use. Unless otherwise indicated, the reserve status of an item automatically terminates at the end of the semester. Books that are currently on reserve appear in LIUCat with their reserve status indicated. Most reserve material can be found at the main Circulation Desk. Some materials are placed on electronic reserve so that you can access them from anywhere. For additional information on these collections, see the Circulation section of our website.

  • Photoduplication:
    Copiers are available throughout the Library to photocopy books and print materials. Each copy costs 10 cents.

  • Interlibrary Loan:
    Interlibrary loan expands the range of publications available to the LIU Post community. Students may request that publications not owned by LIU Post be borrowed from other libraries on a local and national level. For further information, check out the Interlibrary Loan webpage where you can also fill out the appropriate forms. Items that are available at other LIU libraries may also be requested on Interlibrary Loan. If these items are on the shelf at the other campus library, they might arrive within the week. If not, it may be quite a bit longer. This service is more appropriate for long term research, and it is possible that it may take from 4-6 weeks to receive the requested items.

  • Database Searching:
    Free end-user searching is available to all currently enrolled LIU students. The library provides access to many databases that are listed on our website by subject, title, or vendor. Workstations to access these databases are located in all public service departments of the Library.

    • Remote Access:
      Students are now able to search many of LIU's electronic databases from home via remote access. All students who are currently enrolled in classes are encouraged to utilize our remote access capabilities. Remember, if you're having difficulty please contact a librarian at (516) 299-2305 or 2306.

    • Instruction in Database Searching:
      Students can ask in the Reference Department about individualized instruction in the use of the campus-wide databases and the Library's catalog, LIUCat.

    • Book a Librarian:
      Students may come into the library and ask for assistance with our databases any time they wish. Those who would like intensive one-on-one research assistance and undivided attention can make an appointment with a librarian in advance by filling out this form or calling the Reference Office at x4138 or the Reference Desk at x2305.

  • Bibliographic Instruction:
    Various methods of instruction are available to students. Your professors are encouraged to bring their classes to the library for sessions targeting research methods and materials in specific disciplines. Some request classes on using the Library catalog (LIUCat), the online databases, the Internet, or on developing research strategies. Even if you've had a class and need a refresher, come in to the Reference department and ask for help or call Reference at x2305.

    • General Tours:
      We can arrange to give you a general tour of the building and an overview of resources and services available in the various library departments. This can also include the use of LIUCat. Just call Reference at x2305 or stop by the Reference Desk.

    • Internet Instruction:
      The Reference Librarians will give introductory sessions to students on an individual basis or in a small group setting on using the Internet for research purposes. Please call the Reference Department to arrange for this type of instruction at x2305.

How you can make the Library a better place

Student recommendations are welcomed in developing the Library collections and services. Our aim is to support the curriculum and to anticipate faculty and student needs, so if we don't have what you need, let us know and we'll try to order it for you.

  • Collection Development:
    Recommendations for materials to be purchased by the Library should be made to the Technical Services Department (x2835) or to the Reference Department (x2305). (Also see our Collection Policy Statement)

  • Exhibits and Lecture Series:
    The Library sponsors and mounts exhibits in the Library lobby on a regular basis throughout the year. We welcome your suggestions and feedback. This link also has additional information about past library exhibits.

  • Gifts to the Library:
    The Technical Services Department of the Library welcomes donations of books, periodicals, recordings, and other types of materials. Those items that cannot be used may be sold.

  • What Else?
    We are interested in what you think about us. Let us know. Did you find the materials you needed? If not, please tell us. Did you get the proper help you asked for? If not, why not? Talk to us. Is there more that we could be doing to serve you better? How? We want to know.

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